The Chilisleep control unit sends water through the channels of the Cool Mesh mattress; continuous circulation regulates the temperature of the bed. The constant flow of water in the cooling mattress keeps the bed at the ideal temperature for sleeping throughout the night. How does our mattress work for warming or cooling? Chili Technology uses water to generate a wide range of bed temperature control on our cooling mattress. Similar to semiconductor technology that cools the computer, water passes through the chip and, depending on the direction of the electron flow, the water cools or heats up.
Water flows through soft coils on the mattress, actively adjusting the temperature of the bed surface. There is nothing but water flowing through the mattress; all temperature changes occur in the control unit conveniently located next to the bed. This makes it easy to change from a warm electric blanket to a comfortable cooling mattress cover. The chilipad sleep system is a mattress that connects, through a long, flat tube, to a cube that regulates the temperature.
To use it, pour water into the bucket (more details about it in a moment) and adjust the temperature from a dial on the cube or a remote control that comes with it. The cube's temperature range is 55 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (or 13 to 43 degrees Celsius), so you can make it colder or warmer while you sleep. The cube is where the magic happens, heating and cooling the water (depending on what the user wants when he sleeps), before pumping the temperature-controlled water through the tube into the pad, which is filled with smaller silicone tubes. Because the Chilipad is thin, it can be used on a mattress without affecting the contour properties of the mattress.
It's not necessary, but if you choose to use a mattress protector, be sure to place it under the Chilipad instead of on top of it to maintain the best possible cooling performance. Electric blankets and heating mattresses have been around for decades, but cooling devices such as ChiliPad and BedJet are more recent innovations. That's why the Chilipad comes in a “WE” option for couples, and a “ME” model for those who sleep alone. If I were you, I would set the temperature of your Chilipad half an hour before you went to bed so that it would be ready when you settle in.
The ChiliPad heating and cooling pad is made of durable 150 thread count polycotton and weighs less than five pounds. And while technically not mandatory, the use of distilled water can prevent sediment build-up inside the Chilipad tubes. This device heats a mattress easily, but the real benefit of the Chilipad is its ability to cool a mattress. Your skin isn't meant to come into direct contact with the Chilipad, but it's made of a cotton-polyester blend that seems to add a little more cushion to my mattress.
So when the Wirecutter sleep team made a call for someone to try out the ChiliPad (with the Cube Sleep System), I volunteered Carter. Budget-conscious buyers who don't require as many features may be attracted by Chilipad's lower price. Neurologist Chris Winter, the president of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine in Virginia and author of two books on how to sleep better, isn't financially compensated by ChiliPad, but it probably should be because of the amount of praise he gives him. Both the Chilipad and the OOLER are available in full or half size queen, king and California king to accommodate one or two people sleeping.
You should also clean the control unit once a month by emptying it, filling it with distilled water and Chilipad cleaning solution, letting it work at high temperature for 1 hour and draining it. Considering the price of the ChiliPad, this is unforgivable (although both the instruction manual and the troubleshooting section of the website are very clear about the possibility of condensation, and you should have checked it first). .